Arles, 1st March 1889
Everybody, the intern, the bursar and the board
of directors, are well disposed in his regard, and it has been
decided that someone will accompany him tomorrow to his house
to fetch his brushes and colours to give him something to do
during his stay in hospital.
However, the question remains the same. The Central
Commissioner, who has the petition I spoke to you about, and
who conducted the inquest in the neighbourhood, remains
convinced that he was right to take these measures.
Meanwhile it seems to me, and it is also the view of M. Rey,
that it would be a kind of cruelty to lock up a man who has not
done any harm to anyone and who can, with kindness and good
will, return to his normal state. I repeat, he has on his side
the best will of all those that attend him at the hospice, and
everything is being done to make it possible to avoid his
transfer to a mental asylum.
In any case, if they succeed in returning him to his normal
state, it would be necessary that he gives up his current
accommodation and move to another quarter of the city. This is
the opinion of everybody.
I give you my best regards, Sir, and my best wishes.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Reverend Salles. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 1 March 1889 in Arles. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number to.
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